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"I Hear a Symphony" is a 1965 song recorded by The Supremes
The Supremes
for the Motown
Motown
label. Written and produced by Motown's main production team, Holland–Dozier–Holland, the song became their sixth number-one pop hit on Billboard Hot 100
Billboard Hot 100
pop singles chart in the United States for two weeks from November 14, 1965 through November 27, 1965.[1][2] On the UK pop chart, the single peaked at number thirty-nine.

Contents

1 History

1.1 Overview

2 Personnel 3 Chart history 4 Chart performance

4.1 Weekly charts 4.2 Year-end charts

5 See also 6 References 7 External links

History[edit] Overview[edit] The Supremes
The Supremes
enjoyed a run of hits through 1964 and 1965 under the guidance of writer/producers Holland–Dozier–Holland. In mid-1965, the producers came to realize they had fallen into a rut when the Supremes' "Nothing but Heartaches" failed to make it to the Top Ten, missing it by just one position and breaking the string of number-one Supremes hits initiated with "Where Did Our Love Go." Motown
Motown
chief Berry Gordy
Berry Gordy
was displeased with the performance of "Nothing but Heartaches," and circulated a memo around the Motown
Motown
offices that read as follows:

“ We will release nothing less than Top Ten product on any artist; and because the Supremes' world-wide acceptance is greater than the other artists, on them we will only release number-one records. ”

Holland-Dozier-Holland therefore set about breaking their formula and trying something new. The result was "I Hear a Symphony," a song with a more complex musical structure than previous Supremes releases. "Symphony" was released as a single in place of another Holland-Dozier-Holland Supremes song, "Mother Dear", which had been recorded in the same style as their earlier hits. In a 1968 interview,[3] Diana Ross
Diana Ross
said that this was one of her favorite songs to perform, even though its key posed some challenges.[4] "I Hear a Symphony", later issued on an album of the same name, became the Supremes' sixth number-one hit in the United States. After the number-five hit "My World Is Empty Without You" and the number-nine hit "Love Is Like an Itching in My Heart," the Supremes began a run of four more number-one hits: "You Can't Hurry Love," "You Keep Me Hangin' On," "Love Is Here and Now You're Gone," and "The Happening." The group performed the hit song on The Mike Douglas Show
The Mike Douglas Show
on November 3, 1965.[5] Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
recorded the song in 1966.[6] Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
recorded the song with the Jackson 5 in 1970 at the Motown
Motown
Recording Studios, Los Angeles, California. Canadian pop singer Eria Fachin covered the song on her 1988 album My Name Is Eria Fachin. Her version, titled "Eria's Aria/I Hear a Symphony" on the album but just "I Hear a Symphony" as a single, charted on RPM's dance charts in 1989[7] and received some dance club play internationally, but was not a mainstream chart hit. Personnel[edit]

Lead vocals by Diana Ross Background vocals by Florence Ballard
Florence Ballard
and Mary Wilson Instrumentation by The Funk Brothers

Chart history[edit] Chart performance[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1965–66) Peak position

U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1

U.S. Billboard R&B Singles Chart 2

U.S. Cash Box Pop Singles Chart 1

UK Singles Chart 39

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1966) Rank

U.S. Cash Box Year End Chart 72

See also[edit]

List of Hot 100 number-one singles of 1965 (U.S.)

References[edit]

^ "Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. Nielsen Company. 77 (47): 22. 1965. Retrieved 10 May 2011.  ^ "Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. Nielsen Company. 77 (48): 20. 1965. Retrieved 10 May 2011.  ^ Gilliland, John (1969). "O-S interview index" (audio). Pop Chronicles. University of North Texas Libraries.  ^ Diana Ross
Diana Ross
interviewed on the Pop Chronicles
Pop Chronicles
(1969) ^ Guest co-host: Zsa Zsa Gabor
Zsa Zsa Gabor
(3 November 1965). "November 3, 1965". The Mike Douglas Show. Season 4. Episode 43. Cleveland. CBS. KYW-TV.  ^ " Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
– I Hear A Symphony". YouTube. 2008-05-22. Retrieved 2016-09-29.  ^ RPM Top 25 Dance Singles of '89. RPM, December 23, 1989.

External links[edit]

Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics

Preceded by "Get Off of My Cloud" by The Rolling Stones Billboard Hot 100
Billboard Hot 100
number-one single November 20, 1965 (two weeks) Succeeded by "Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)" by The Byrds

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The Supremes

Diana Ross Florence Ballard Mary Wilson Barbara Martin Cindy Birdsong Jean Terrell Lynda Laurence Scherrie Payne Susaye Greene

Betty McGlown

Studio albums

Meet The Supremes
The Supremes
(1962) Where Did Our Love Go
Where Did Our Love Go
(1964) More Hits by The Supremes
The Supremes
(1965) I Hear a Symphony
I Hear a Symphony
(1966) The Supremes
The Supremes
A' Go-Go (1966) The Supremes
The Supremes
Sing Holland–Dozier–Holland (1967) Reflections
Reflections
(1968) Love Child (1968) Let the Sunshine In (1969) Cream of the Crop
Cream of the Crop
(1969) Right On (1970) New Ways but Love Stays
New Ways but Love Stays
(1970) Touch (1971) Floy Joy (1972) The Supremes
The Supremes
Produced and Arranged by Jimmy Webb (1972) The Supremes
The Supremes
(1975) High Energy (1976) Mary, Scherrie & Susaye (1976)

Collaborative albums

Diana Ross
Diana Ross
& the Supremes Join The Temptations (1968) Together (1969) The Magnificent 7 (1970) The Return of the Magnificent Seven
The Return of the Magnificent Seven
(1971) Dynamite (1971)

Live albums

The Supremes
The Supremes
at the Copa (1965) Live at London's Talk of the Town
Live at London's Talk of the Town
(1968) TCB (1968) On Broadway (1969) Farewell (1970) The Supremes
The Supremes
Live! In Japan (1973)

Other albums

A Bit of Liverpool
A Bit of Liverpool
(1964) The Supremes
The Supremes
Sing Country, Western and Pop (1965) We Remember Sam Cooke
We Remember Sam Cooke
(1965) Merry Christmas (1965) The Supremes
The Supremes
Sing Rodgers & Hart (1967) Diana Ross
Diana Ross
& the Supremes Sing and Perform "Funny Girl" (1968)

Singles

"Tears of Sorrow" (as The Primettes) "I Want a Guy" "Buttered Popcorn" "Your Heart Belongs to Me" "Let Me Go the Right Way" "My Heart Can't Take It No More" "A Breathtaking Guy" "When the Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes" "Run, Run, Run" "Where Did Our Love Go" "Baby Love" "Come See About Me" "Stop! In the Name of Love" "Back in My Arms Again" "The Only Time I'm Happy" "Nothing but Heartaches" "Things Are Changing" "I Hear a Symphony" "Children's Christmas Song" "My World Is Empty Without You" "Love Is Like an Itching in My Heart" "You Can't Hurry Love" "You Keep Me Hangin' On" "Love Is Here and Now You're Gone" "The Happening" "Reflections" "In and Out of Love" "Forever Came Today" "Some Things You Never Get Used To" "Love Child" "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" "I'm Livin' in Shame" "I'll Try Something New" "The Composer" "No Matter What Sign You Are" "The Weight" "I Second That Emotion" "Someday We'll Be Together" "Why (Must We Fall in Love)" "Up the Ladder to the Roof" "Everybody's Got the Right to Love" "Stoned Love" "River Deep – Mountain High" "Nathan Jones" "You Gotta Have Love in Your Heart" "Touch" "Floy Joy" "Automatically Sunshine" "Without the One You Love" "Your Wonderful, Sweet Sweet Love" "I Guess I'll Miss the Man" "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)" "Bad Weather" "Tossin' and Turnin'" "He's My Man" "Where Do I Go from Here" "Early Morning Love" "I'm Gonna Let My Heart Do the Walking" "High Energy" "You're My Driving Wheel" "Let Yourself Go" "Love, I Never Knew You Could Feel So Good"

Videography

T.A.M.I. Show Greatest Hits: Live in Amsterdam Reflections: The Definitive Performances (1964–1969) Motown
Motown
25: Yesterday, Today, Forever

Inspired works

Sparkle (1976 film) Dreamgirls
Dreamgirls
(musical) Dreamgirls
Dreamgirls
(film) Sparkle (2012 film)

Related topics

Discography Chronology Members FLOS

Book Category

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Holland–Dozier–Holland

Brian Holland Lamont Dozier Eddie Holland

Songs

1962 "Dearest One" "Old Love (Let's Try It Again)" "Darling, I Hum Our Song"

1963 "Leaving Here" "Locking Up My Heart" "What Goes Up Must Come Down" / "Come on Home" "Tie a String Around Your Finger" "Come and Get These Memories" / "Jealous Lover" "You Lost the Sweetest Boy" "Heat Wave" / "A Love Like Yours (Don't Come Knocking Everyday)" "(He Won't Be True) Little Girl Blue" "Mickey's Monkey" "Too Hurt to Cry, Too Much in Love to Say Goodbye" / "Come on Home" "When the Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes" / "Standing at the Crossroads of Love" "I Gotta Dance to Keep From Crying" "Quicksand" / "Darling I Hum Our Song" "Live Wire" / "Old Love (Let's Try It Again)" "Run, Run, Run" / "I'm Giving You Your Freedom" "Can I Get a Witness"

1964 "A Tear from a Woman's Eyes" "My Lady Bug Stay Away from That Beatle" "Like a Nightmare" / "If You Were Mine" "In My Lonely Room" "Just Ain't Enough Love" "Where Did Our Love Go" "Baby Don't You Do It" "Guarantee for a Lifetime" "Baby I Need Your Loving" / "Call on Me" "Candy to Me" / "If You Don't Want My Love" "Whisper You Love Me Boy" "Baby Love" / "Ask Any Girl" "Come See About Me" / (You're Gone But) Always in My Heart" "Without the One You Love (Life's Not Worth While)" / "Love has Gone" "You're a Wonderful One" "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)"

1965 "Where Did You Go" "Stop! In the Name of Love" / "I'm in Love Again" "You've Been a Long Time Coming" "Who Could Ever Doubt My Love" "Nowhere to Run" "Back in My Arms Again" / "Whisper You Love Me Boy" "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" "The Only Time I'm Happy" "Mother Dear" / "He Holds His Own" "Nothing but Heartaches" / "He Holds His Own" "Love (Makes Me Do Foolish Things)" "It's the Same Old Song" / "Your Love Is Amazing" "Mother Dear" / "Who Could Ever Doubt My Love" "I Hear a Symphony" / "Who Could Ever Doubt My Love" "Something About You" "Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While)" "Darling Baby" "There's a Ghost in My House"

1966 "(I'm a) Roadrunner" "This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)" "Ask any Man" "My World Is Empty Without You" "Put Yourself in My Place" "There's No Love Left" "Shake Me, Wake Me (When It's Over)" / "Just as Long as You Need Me" "Helpless" / "A Love Like Yours (Don't Come Knocking Everyday)" "Call on Me" "Love Is Like an Itching in My Heart" / "He's All I Got" "Who Could Ever Doubt My Love" "I Like Everything About You" "I Guess I'll Always Love You" "Nothing but Soul" "Love's Gone Bad" / "Put Yourself in My Place" "You Can't Hurry Love" / "Put Yourself in My Place" "Little Darling (I Need You)" "Reach Out I'll Be There" / "Until You Love Someone" "Stay in My Lonely Arms" "You Keep Me Hangin' On" / "I Wanna Mother You, Smother You With Love" "You Keep Me Hangin' On" / "Remove This Doubt" "Standing in the Shadows of Love" / Since You've Been Gone" "I'm Ready for Love" "(Come 'Round Here) I'm the One You Need" "Heaven Must Have Sent You"

1967 "Just One Last Look" "Love Is Here and Now You're Gone" / There's No Stopping Us Now" "Your Love Is Amazing" "Jimmy Mack" / "Third Finger, Left Hand" "Bernadette" / "I Got a Feeling" "My World Is Empty Without You" "The Happening" / "All I Know About You" "Just Ain't Enough Love" "7-Rooms of Gloom" / "I'll Turn to Stone" "I Understand My Man" "Your Unchanging Love" / "I'll Take Care of You" "Reflections" / "Going Down for the Third Time" "One Way Out" "You Keep Me Running Away" / "If You Don't Want My Love" "I Got a Feeling" "In and Out of Love" / "I Guess I'll Always Love You"

1968 "Whisper You Love Me Boy" "Forever Came Today" "I'm in a Different World"

1969 "We've Got a Way Out Love" "Crumbs off the Table"

1970 "Give Me Just a Little More Time" "(You've Got Me) Dangling on a String" "Everything's Tuesday" "Band of Gold" "Westbound #9"

1972 "The Day I Found Myself" "Don't Leave Me Starvin' for Your Love" "Why Can't We Be Lovers"

1973 "You're Gonna Need Me"

1975 "We're Almost There" "Just a Little Bit of You" "Early Morning Love" "Where Do I Go from Here"

1976 "I'm Gonna Let My Heart Do the Walking" "High Energy" "Let Yourself Go"

1982 "We Can Never Light That Old Flame Again"

Related topics

Motown Hot Wax Records Invictus Records List of songs written by Holland, Dozier

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